Harvard Heart Letter

Finding a cardiac rehabilitation program

If you have an ailing heart, starting — and sticking with — a cardiac rehabilitation program is an excellent undertaking. There are thousands of such programs across the United States. Some are in hospitals and medical centers, others operate out of other health care organizations, YMCAs, Jewish Community Centers, senior centers, senior centers, and gyms. The best programs offer supervised exercise with other ways to protect the heart.

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) provides standards for cardiac rehab programs and certifies those meeting its standards. Visit the organization's Program Directory to determine if there is an AACVPR-certified program in your area.

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